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Wowzers, can Quirk write an intense thriller! Mike Ford is a reformed confidence man—which makes him perfectly suited to be a junior member of a Washington strategic consulting firm. Perfectly suited until his conscience gets the best of him and his bosses try to set him up to take a fall. Quirk knows just how to build the story up with the right mix of insider knowledge, procedural description, and school-of-hard-knocks action, letting us root for the anti–Boy Scout to take down the big dogs.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316198622
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - June 5th, 2012

Reminiscent of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Lansdale’s main character, Sue Ellen, leads a diverse crew on a desperate but exhilarating adventure downriver, trying to stay one step ahead of pursuit and sorting through the big mysteries of life on the way. Her narrative voice is authentic, precocious, honest, and a true treat to listen to. Lansdale sets a tone that is beautiful and suspenseful, building up his story and fleshing out his characters into a profound masterpiece.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316188432
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Published: Mulholland Books - March 1st, 2012

Whether you’re on the fence or have long scaled its height, Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel is the treat you’ve been waiting for. Equal parts poetry and philosophy, 2312 offers a wild, aching, ever-evolving vision of space, peppered with environmental stress in a future far beyond Earth. Turn on your most finely tuned brain cells. This story rocks, and its long and loving ride with math, science, and the classics as companions will take your breath away.
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Johansson
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316098120
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Published: Orbit - May 22nd, 2012

World building, in the hands of N. K. Jemisin, is an art that creates something so incredibly fresh and new and yet so familiar and telling. The ancient city-state of Gujaareh is so real you can taste the spices; Jemisin’s characters are so vivid you can smell their perfume; and her writing is so beautiful you’ll gladly surrender to her magic. Deftly working both on political and supernatural angles, this is an excellent start to a promising series.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316187282
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Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2012

The Art of Fielding is not so much about baseball as a game. Though the outward plot focuses on Henry Skrimshander’s rise (and fall) as a college shortstop genius and the resulting miraculous/calamitous season that ensues, this introspective narrative goes deeper than that. Baseball is simply a stage setting to the tiny soap opera of what it means to find one’s place in the world. Harbach’s subtle style of writing is hard to resist, regardless of one’s own feelings about our great American pastime.
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Kimberly
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$15.99
ISBN: 9780316126670
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 1st, 2012

This slim volume is a photographic compilation of epic bearded proportions--men across the country who are proud to rock a face full of hair. Categories include: the best natural full beard, muttonchops, Hungarian/wild west beard, imperial moustache, and Alaskan whaler beard. I'm surprised Santa Cruz didn't make it into Rainwater's beard odyssey.

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Kimberly
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$14.95
ISBN: 9781452101651
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - October 5th, 2011

When you hear the premise of Room, you may cringe. It’s a dark one. The book centers around a 5-year-old and his mother, who have been imprisoned in a man’s backyard for years. But the voice of Jack, the playful, smart protagonist, lifts the story out of darkness and puts it on par with novels like The Lovely Bones. It’s a staggeringly good read, the sort of book you can fall into for hours and hours.
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Kat
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316098328
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 18th, 2011

Our poet of the hyper-distracted age, David Foster Wallace, died way too young, but he left the world with the brilliant beginnings of a final novel, The Pale King. First excerpted in the New Yorker, this is a story about a man with perhaps the least interesting job known to humanity—an IRS tax-return agent—who struggles to live in bliss and contentment within the dark void of excruciating boredom.
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Vernon
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ISBN: 9780316074230
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 1st, 2011

This exciting book provokes oohs and aahs galore! Nelson reveals architectural wonders not only in the United States where treehouses are proliferating rapidly, but also in the forests of Brazil, Bali, Costa Rica, and Japan, among others. Be inspired by the Free Spirit Spheres in Canada (pg 26), or learn about the Secret Garden Treehouse in Seattle.

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Tracy
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$40.00
ISBN: 9780810996328
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Published: ABRAMS - May 1st, 2009

Joe wants to play basketball so perfectly that he is willing to sell his soul to the devil to get there. But is it worth it to become a star player? On the Devil’s Court is a great basketball book for any tween or young adult who wants to combine their love of basketball with a complex plot filled with mind games, superstition, and interesting characters. Grades 7–12
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ISBN: 9780316067270
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Published: Little, Brown Young Readers - September 1st, 2008

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